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Stock rises at WarnerMedia EMEA, APAC

Giorgio Stock has been appointed to the newly created position of president of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, distribution and advertising sales, EMEA and APAC.

Giorgio Stock

Stock, previously president of WarnerMedia-owned Turner EMEA, takes on responsibility for all entertainment networks, distribution of all networks, advertising sales and kids’ networks operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. He will continue to report to WarnerMedia chief revenue officer Gerhard Zeiler.

In his new role, Stock will be supported by the leadership team of Ricky Ow, president of Turner Asia Pacific; Hervé Payan, CEO of HBO Europe; and Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia, all of whom now report to Stock. He continues to be based in London.

“In his previous role as president, Turner EMEA, Giorgio transformed the organisation and built a strong team who together invested in excellent premium content, created new revenue streams and optimised business operations. I couldn’t be happier that he has accepted this new role,” said Zeiler.

“In an increasingly disrupted marketplace, we are uniquely positioned to evolve and further scale our truly exceptional brands and content destinations and to engage and entertain our audiences like never before. It is a privilege to assemble the hugely talented teams across our regions and take our business to the next level,” added Stock.

The appointment represents Zeiler’s decision to give the operation a focused leadership that “harnesses the existing strengths of the Turner and HBO businesses while also equipping them for further collaboration and growth,” WarnerMedia said.

In addition to Stock, the international executives serving Zeiler are Whit Richardson, president of Turner Latin America, and Rani Raad, president of CNNI Commercial.

Stock joined the company as president of Turner EMEA in April 2013, taking executive oversight of all Turner kids’ and entertainment networks in the region, including the digital and media services of Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TNT and TCM.

His role also included the distribution of CNN’s services, plus licensing and merchandising (L&M) activity in EMEA and international L&M liaison.

Stock previously spent 15 years with Disney, where he held publishing and content leadership roles in Paris, New York, Milan and London, overseeing television, publishing, retail, music and gaming.

AT&T-owned WarnerMedia’s brands include HBO, HBO Now, HBO Max, Warner Bros, TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Turner Classic Movies.

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